With Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announcing that she will step aside, what are House Democrats looking for from the next generation of their leadership?
How about full-on election denialism, with a little bit of race-baiting on the side?
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) will likely be the new Democratic leader in the House, as has been floated for a couple of years now. Jeffries fits all the requirements Democrats are looking for — he’s young, he’s not white, and he’s not from one of those icky flyover states. You could almost forget that he has repeatedly denied the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election.
Jeffries said in September 2018 that Republicans had cheated in the 2016 presidential election and stole two Supreme Court seats. He tweeted in February 2018 that “the more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.” And, of course, he peddles the lie that requiring voters to present identification is “voter suppression,” claiming that Republicans “worship at the altar of voter suppression” and that the GOP’s whole election strategy is to cheat and steal races.
If you were worried the next House Democratic leader wouldn’t spew enough racially divisive rhetoric, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. Jeffries joined the liberal dog pile on Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot three people in self-defense when he was attacked and in danger of being beaten to death during a Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jeffries also declared that anyone that opposed President Joe Biden’s worst and most toxic nominees was (probably) racist.
Jeffries is noxiously partisan, the product of both the liberal New York City bubble and the liberal Twitter bubble. He is going to use his position as House minority leader (and, eventually, as speaker of the House) to make our politics more toxic by denying election results he doesn’t like and by trying to divide Americans along racial lines.
While Democrats demand Republicans soften their rhetoric after the attack on Pelosi’s husband, they intend to replace Pelosi with a far more inflammatory House leader. It’s all an act — and it is going to continue to make our politics even worse.